Slippery Elm


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Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra, ulmus fulva) is grown mainly in North America. It can grow up to 18 meters in height and half a meter or so in diameter. The inside of the wood is reddish brown, hence its other common name “Red Elm”.

The recommended Herbal Medicine Uses of Slippery Elm Bark as “natural remedies” has been known traditionally for some time.It was used by Native Americans as natural herbs for healing wounds and to cure Skin Inflammation in general. During the American Revelution, slippery elm was used to treat gun-shot injuries fast.

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Slippery Elm Bark is the most used part of the red elm tree to cure ailments. It contains an incredible amount of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins B2, B1, B3 and C. Also, the elm bark has this amazing group of minerals; calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, tannin, beta-carotene and beta-sitosterol.

The recommended way of using the Slippery Elm Bark is to turn it into powder and either mixing it with water to change it into a porridge type of substance (slippery elm food) or just add it to daily cooking. The Slippery Elm Bark food’s value is high due to existence of the varieties of nutrition mentioned above and it is considered to be great food for patients who are recovering from various illnesses whose digestive system still needs time to strengthen to get back to the shape it was prior to their illness. The part, which is most effective for Herbal Treatment is the Inner Bark of slippery elm trees, for trees which are over 10 years old.

Slippery Elm Bark Powder, as well as, being used as medicinal herbs to cure humans ailments, it can be used to treat Pets ( Cats, Dogs and horses) very effectively.

Topically, Ulmus Rubra has been used to eliminate cold sores, boils, burns, ulcers, abscesses and toothaches quickly.

Also, could be taken orally to relieve coughs, sore throats, diarrhea and Digestive Problems.

The parts that are popular to use; are the the slippery elm leaves, flowers and the bark. But the Inner Bark of Slippery Elm is the part, which is most commonly used as the most effective means of Herbal Remedies.

Slippery Elm as natural medicine has been found to have very little “Side Effects” when used appropriately.

Mucilage taken out of Slippery Elm can be turned into a gel by mixing it with water which can then be taken internally to help soothe and coat the mouth, throat, stomach and the intestine.

The carbohydrate and the mucilage in slippery elm gives it its demulcent characteristics.

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Slippery Elm Lozenges are preservative free, gluten free, lactose free, sodium free, wheat free, and are vegetarian. When you are taking slippery elm in the form of lozenges as soar throat remedies or as cough remedies, try to allow the throat lozenges to dissolve gradually in your mouth and if the lozenges have not treated your soar throat or your cough within 4 to 5 days of having started the home remedies, then stop the treatment and consult your GP.

When you are buying the slippery elm bark powder, you should make sure that you would buy it from a reputable producer, who would not add the outer bark to the inner bark powder, as a less reputable producer may do this, since the finer inner bark is harder to obtain as a result of being over harvested. The outer bark of slippery elm tree is known to be less effective as a herbal cure.

Slippery Elm Tree Facts

In recent years, many types of elm trees have been destroyed by the Dutch elm tree disease including slippery elm trees, which is a type of fungus spread by beetles on elm tree branches. Fortunately, the horticulturists have succeeded to produce a type of disease resistant elm trees, which should go some way to stop the process of the elm tree species being extinct completely from the nature.